In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.
Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything. (Goodreads synopsis)
This is a dystopian fantasy novel where women have no rights and they are either trained to become a Grace or they are put into factories or become maids or wives. All of the women’s choices have been taken away from them. We follow Serina and Nomi sisters who live in a poor village. Serina, being the more beautiful one, has been training to become a Grace, one of the heir’s women, her entire life. Nomi, the other sister, has always taken care of the house and the family. When Serina is chosen as the Grace to represent her town, Nomi attends along with her as her handmaiden. They get to the capital and the story takes off from there.
Grace and Fury is compulsively readable and you will absolutely fly through this book trying to figure out what happens next. I literally read this book in the span of a few hours because I was totally enraptured in the story. The writing was simple but descriptive in the exact succinct way that I enjoy. I cared deeply for the characters and was so interested in their well being, which was another thing that kept me turning the pages. Throughout the book we get to see different aspects of the world, which I enjoyed. Also, there are some pretty brutal fight scenes and deaths that I thoroughly enjoyed because the author went there. There is an attempted sexual assault in this book, but it is not graphic.
Unfortunately, I did guess a few of the plot twist and reveals. They seemed glaringly obvious to me. I don’t know if it’s because I read a lot of YA fantasy or if the author intended it to be that way. Also, there was a romance in the book that I didn’t totally buy. It was more a romance of convenience, that didn’t have enough substance to sustain it through additional books.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the story that it was telling. It may not have been anything super groundbreaking, but damn it was a readable and fun book. The book does end a cliffhanger but not the kind where it felt like an abrupt end to the story. It was more like I have time to theorize about where the story is headed and who will survive. I do recommend this book.
*****I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All opinions expressed are of course my own.******
Grace and Fury is released in the US today, July 31st and I do suggest that you go and pick it up.